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Am I entitled to non means-tested ESA?

ffionffion Member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi there. I suffer with chronic intractable pain following numerous operations since 2005 due to two cancer diagnoses. The surgery in Feb 2014 has significantly reduced my quality of life and I have been suicidal in the last twelve months. I struggle continuously with muscle and nerve pain. I have been off work since October 2018 and my GP is very supportive. I am in receipt of the daily living part of PIP since the start of this year. This is unlikely to resolve itself and I would never cope with full time work again. I am now 47yrs old. Am I entitled to non means tested ESA and if so would I have to go through the assessment process for this if I’ve already had an assessment from PIP in January. My husband does work. I haven’t resigned from work yet. The GP writes fit notes. I’m not in receipt of SSP either anymore- this ended in September. Any advice would be gratefully received. 


  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 7,093 Disability Gamechanger
    SSP ended in September and you’ve not sorted this! 

    Entitlement to contributory ESA depends on your contribution record which in turn depends on the length of your employment and whether you were paying NI.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,867 Disability Gamechanger

    New style ESA can be claimed but that will depend on your NI Contributions in the years April 2017-2017 and April 2017-2018

    You will need a fit note from your GP and your SSP1 form from your employer to be able to claim this. If you're eligible then yes you will have to go through the assessment process and very likely have a face to face assessment. PIP and ESA and different benefits with different criteria. People claim PIP and work and a PIP claim doesn't automatically entitle you to ESA.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    edited November 2019
    Hi @ffion,

    welcome to the Community.

    I am sorry to hear that you have been through such a difficult time over the past few years.

    You can check your NI contributions on the Gov.UK website. It might be worth doing this before you claim to see if you are likely to qualify.

    Please ask if you have any further questions or if there is anything else we can help with.  :)
  • ffionffion Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks both. Very helpful 
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